by Daley Wilhelm
Sony followed a very similar model to their conference last year, as it presented a with back to back trailers, but very little reflection on all it’s released in the past year. PlayStation was all about the future, the future–meaning 2018 game releases, for the most part.
Setting the mood with mysterious music and a waterfall display, the conference opened with a trailer for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, featuring mossy ruins, untold fortunes, and two new protagonists now that Nathan Drake has retired. The new game will follow treasure hunter Chloe Frazer and mercenary Nadine Ross who were both featured in previous Uncharted titles. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is slated for an August 22nd release this year on the PlayStation 4.
The stage changed, got darker, red lights washing over bodies—live, or undead, rather—hanging from the stage. Sony showed off further gameplay of the post-apocalyptic, Pacific Northwest survival horror from Bend Studio, Days Gone. Last year, the game featured action, massive zombie hordes, and explosions. The seven-minute gameplay at this E3 was more stealth-focused, exploring some interesting game mechanics as you play as Deacon St. John and contend with threats both human, zombie, and zombie animal.
A massive announcement followed in that the 2005 cult hit Shadow of the Colossus will be remade by SCE Japan and released in 2018. The short trailer promised everything the original game excelled at; monumental battles, minimalistic gameplay, and zero dialogue.
At last, Call of Duty World War II and its considerably graphic multiplayer was mentioned at this year’s E3. Sony gave the stage to a new trailer featuring iconic World War II locations such as the beaches of Normandy, setting a more serious tone than past COD titles. The game will launch this fall on November 3rd.
Sony really set the stage for the future of VR, and the company’s focus on giving new titles to the number one Christmas gift of last year: the PlayStation VR. Starting with yet another rerelease of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but this time entirely in VR. This includes all the DLC content, so players can presumably get married, kill vampires, and ride dragons all in VR.
Final Fantasy XV is also getting a VR spin-off, but rather than the game remade for VR, Monsters of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a light-hearted fishing simulator, which is set to release this September.
We saw more of the much anticipated Norse mythology-based God of War through a brand new trailer and some of the brutal, bloody gameplay the franchise is famous for. This new incarnation of Kratos is slated for release early next year.
Gamers have already been in a frenzy over Destiny 2, but tonight’s conference sneaked in new details including the revelation of Dominus Ghaul, the game’s antagonist. Along with this, Sony promised some exclusive items, weapons, and armor available to PS4 players first. For all platforms, the game will be available two days sooner than previously thought. Destiny 2 will launch September 6th.
Sony wrapped up with the web-slinger himself, Spider-Man. The self-titled game is the first Spider-man game for over a decade and was showcased in a nine-minute trailer featuring strategic combat gameplay and acrobatic cinematic. Unrelated to this summer’s release of Spider-man: Homecoming, Peter Parker is in true, smart-talking form as he swings through the city, takes down super-powered gangsters called “Demons,” and FaceTimes Wilson Fisk. At the very end, much to the theatre’s delight, the fan-favorite character and future friendly neighborhood Spider-man Miles Morales was teased. Spider-Man is scheduled for release sometime in 2018.
Overall, Sony said nothing about it’s hardware and gave the whole of it’s stage to games to come, some soon, and some in the uncertain later.